Admin account mac snow leopard

Today, a friend wanted to use my laptop at a meeting.

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I thought, cool, good thing Mac OS X has a "guest account" mechanism where a friend can log into a guest account and when they log out, it will be completely cleaned from my system. However, when I clicked "Allow guests to log into this computer", something went wrong and the Mac "spinning beach ball" spun indefinitely. It turns out that something in the backend expects a guest account to already exist in some form.

Because it's not there, something critical crashes "user account migration somehow confuses the 'guest user' machinery, which totally trashes securityd which dies of sudden death and from then on nothing works on the computer. Comment feed for this post. Not Quite a Blog.

Bits of Science, Technology, Policy Thanks, Harlan Today, a friend wanted to use my laptop at a meeting. Solving this problem is straight-forward but a bit of a pain in the ass. First, print this out or bookmark this page so you can come back to it.

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Force-quite system preferences and then you'll have to hold down the power key on your computer until it shuts down feel free to try a restart, it won't work Log in as an administrator. Your system guest account must be disabled it already is if you have the described symptoms above.

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In the Accounts pane of System Preferences, Create new standard account with name guest and short name guest. In the password field, click the Help button? All else failing, you can boot your computer into single-user mode to reset your admin password. Keep in mind this requires some command-line trickery and will probably require you to write down or take a picture of the following.

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Read our advice for choosing a good password here. Plus if you want to change the username on your Mac? Here's how to do that. Question: Q: No administrator account, os x Communities Contact Support.


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    Desktops Speciality level out of ten: 1. Nov 27, PM in response to tan In response to tan Exactly how did you do this?

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    Reply Helpful Thread reply - more options Link to this Post. Nov 27, PM in response to Kappy In response to Kappy The old username was the only one existing in the user folder. Nov 27, PM in response to tan In response to tan I'm not quite sure I understand what you did. Nov 27, PM in response to Kappy In response to Kappy Before creating a new account I have to open the "padlock", which I can't, because there is no administrator.

    Nov 27, PM in response to tan In response to tan Ooops, that's right. You might try this: Cannot make any user account an admin account If the directory services entry for the admin group gets corrupted do the following: Log in as the "root" user. User profile for user: noondaywitch noondaywitch.


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    Nov 27, PM in response to noondaywitch In response to noondaywitch Read the linked article which does provide a method for doing so when you do not have an admin account from which to work.